State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Chairman of the Indiana Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 Advisory Board (Wireless Board), announced that Putnam County's 9-1-1 program received a total of $130,582.17 for the 2008 calendar year.
"As the Chairman of the Indiana Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 Advisory Board, I am extremely pleased that we were able to provide vital funds to each of the emergency management service programs in Indiana's 92 counties," explained Treasurer Mourdock. "Our monies are generally used to fund the day-to-day operations and the technological needs of local Public Safety Answering Points."
In addition to providing funding for local Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), the Wireless Board is responsible for the oversight of Indiana's Enhanced 9-1-1 (IN911) network.
The IN911 network routes all wireless emergency 9-1-1 calls made in Indiana to the nearest PSAP, which, in turn, notifies local emergency authorities and services. Funds that support the IN911 network and that get distributed to local 9-1-1 programs are collected as monthly subscriber fees on wireless phones as required by Indiana statute.
"In Indiana, we are at the forefront of emergency wireless technology and considered a national model by many," stated Treasurer Mourdock. "I and the other members of the Indiana Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 Advisory Board take our responsibilities to our fellow Hoosiers very seriously. We will continue to upgrade and improve our services as new technologies emerge in the emergency wireless field."